"TO EVERY THING THERE IS A SEASON AND A TIME UNDER THE HEAVEN." ECCLESIASTES 3:1
Working on new material for the blog!
It has taken me awhile to decide what to do with the blog. I felt lost not posting pictures of the missionaries and I've felt lost with not having my missionary routine. We are starting to settle into a different routine and I have decided to start blogging again. It will take me a little while to get things squared away but we are rolling into the next phase of our journey in life - recovery from the best experience of our lives ( the mission), knee surgery( Tim's), physical therapy for my back, and the economy with our business. We look forward to continuing our growth spiritually and preparing for what comes next!
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What a great group of missionaries!!! Sister Burke from Georgia, Sister Khilova from Ukraine, Elder Shipp from Arizonia, Elder Tillotson from South Carolina and Elder Hyer from Nevada.
Elder Hyer's family came to pick him up from his mission. His brother Jared(Elder Hyer must be the brother of Jared then, Ha Ha) and his parents. It was wonderful to meet them! (They brought over the mission calendars for us, thank you thank you!)
Sister Burke and Sister Khilova. Two angels sent to us. It was a pleasure to have you in the mission. We love you and miss you!
Elder Shipp, Elder Hyer, Elder Tillotson - great dedicated young men. We love you and miss you too!!
The Tecamerov Family has 5 boys. We had family home evening with them and had a blast! Elders Hyer & Hess interrupted and Elder Ostler was there helping also. During dinner we talked about Christmas traditions. They celebrate Christmas like we do on the 25th of December. People in Ukraine celebrate on January 7th but because they are members of the Church, they have chosen to celebrate it when the majority of the church does. Sometimes this means that their children go to school on Christmas day. They enjoy caroling to the widowed in their branch on Christmas Eve then returning home and playing games. They also exchange gifts on Christmas morning. They read from Luke in the Bible about Christ's birth as well. After dinner the Elders gave a lesson and then President Tecamerov(he is the District President in Donetsk) told us a funny story. There is a certain food here called hol-i-dets and it is made with pig fat and other things and it is a traditional food that the members love. They always try to feed it to the missionaries and the missionaries don't like it. Well these 2 missionaries were at a members house and was served a large portion of holidets. When the member left the room, they noticed an open window so they took the food and threw it out the window only to discover that the 2nd window was closed! So all this food was dripping down the window. They paniced and quickly closed the drapes! Well needless to say they thanked the people for the food and needed to be on there way. They never ate at their house again! We were laughing so hard as he told this story - we didn't even need interruptation. His acting it out was all the interruptation we needed!!!
Back row: Sister Ludmilla, myself, Sister Khilova, Sister Howell, Sister Krivulya, Sister Kartoshova & Sister Burke. We got together and they fixed lunch. It was great to visit with them. I love them tons!!!!